Top Ten Best Songs On Iron Maiden's the Book of Souls


The Top Ten

1 The Empire of the Clouds The Empire of the Clouds

This is my new favorite Iron Maiden song. It's amazing to me how a modern Maiden song could beat their classic songs in the Number of the Beast and Powerslave era. But this is just a great song. Especially around the 7:00 mark and onwards.

Iron Maiden's gems are usually found as their closing tracks and in their longest songs. This exceeds both of the qualities of some of their best songs, so I am very excited to hear it! - Songsta41

I never knew any member of Maiden could play the piano and I didn't know Bruce had it in him to write a song as long and elegant as this one. This could be one of the greatest Maiden songs. - Songsta41

1. Empire of the Clouds
2. The Book of Souls
3. The Red and the Black
4. Speed of Light
5. If Eternity Should Fail
6. When the River Runs Deep
7. Shadows of the Valley
8. The Great Unknown
9. Tears of a Clown
10. The Man of Sorrows
11. Death or Glory

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2 The Red and the Black

Bass the riff at the start epic, I saw them live in Melbourne during their book of souls tour and was glad to hear it live 13 minutes of heaven favorite off the album 6th favorite overall from maiden 1. Run to the hills 2. Running free 3. The evil that men do 4. Bring your the slaughter 5. Aces High 6. The red and the black

Yet #1 favorite bass open to a song

Amazing Song with great riffs and an amazing solo. At 13 minutes better than Rime of the Ancient Mariner in my opinion.

Made the hair stand on the back of my neck from the moment I first heard it. Epic guitar breaks throughout and superb sing along vocals. Outstanding

Amazing instrumentals and especially amazing solo!

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3 The Book of Souls

Huge groove, great chorus and I love the middle section when it really picks up

Even though I haven't heard the album, I'll vote for the title track, because every title track on every album that Iron Maiden has done is just amazing

This song has grown on me a lot. It begs for its harmonies to be written for it though. - IronSabbathPriest

This is by far the best song in the album.

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4 If Eternity Should Fail

2 days since the album has been released and so far this is the song that's stuck out the most, best opener since caught somewhere in time.

From the psychedelic intro to the hard hitting fantastic riffs and then that giant chorus! Bruce's vocals are at his best on this track. - wolphert

Best opener since caught somewhere in time!

Opening track. And this is my favorite song of their's. from the album - zxm

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5 Speed of Light

This song was nothing like I expected to be. It's not the same as all their other music, which is definitely a step in the right direction for Iron Maiden. It almost sounds like Black Sabbath. This is an amazing song, I hope the whole album is like this. - Songsta41

Amazing it just came out. If this is the weakest song on this album this might be one of my favorite albums.

Tongue cancer ain't gonna stop this guy. - IronSabbathPriest

Why is this song so unpopular?

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6 The Great Unknown

This has become one of my all time favorite maiden songs. Amazing.

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7 Shadows of The Valley

Ah, this track is awesome. Even if it does remind you of Wasted Years - IronSabbathPriest

This should be higher on the list! At Least above tears of a clown!

Hey, they've used this riff before.

Get this above Tears of a Clown. - IronSabbathPriest

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8 Tears of a Clown

Heard its dedicated to a comedian who died of depression and suicide. Damn it what was his name

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9 The Man of Sorrows V 1 Comment
10 When The River Runs Deep When The River Runs Deep

This song is so underrated death or glory is the worst on the album

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The Contenders

11 Death or Glory

Thought I'd vote it up because it kicks old school ass. First album since 7th Son I've loved every track but not convinced The Empire of the clouds is a masterpiece or even top 5 best on the album. Not yet anyway, I still have to listen to it another billion times so opinion could change.

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2. The Red and the Black
3. The Book of Souls
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2. Shadows of The Valley
3. When The River Runs Deep
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